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Asymptomatic Rotator Cuff Tears

Lawrence, Rebekah L. PhD, PT1; Moutzouros, Vasilios MD1; Bey, Michael J. PhD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.18.00149
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  • » Asymptomatic rotator cuff tears (RCTs) are prevalent in the general population; they are positively associated with age and are common in the contralateral shoulder of individuals who are being treated for shoulder pain or a symptomatic RCT.
  • » Asymptomatic RCTs are likely to become symptomatic over time, corresponding with decreased patient-reported function, strength, and range of motion.
  • » Previous studies have largely reported inconsistent findings regarding patient-reported outcomes, strength, range of motion, and kinematics in individuals with asymptomatic RCTs.
  • » Future research would benefit from characterizing any functional alteration that is associated with asymptomatic rotator cuff pathology, including determining whether such alterations are detrimental or compensatory and understanding the mechanism by which an asymptomatic RCT becomes symptomatic.

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bone & Joint Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

E-mail address for R.L. Lawrence: rlawren2@hfhs.org

Investigation performed at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bone & Joint Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

Disclosure: The authors indicated that no external funding was received for any aspect of this work. The Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest forms are provided with the online version of the article (http://links.lww.com/JBJSREV/A444).

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